Summer in New York
Here in New York, as the summer months approach, life gets a bit more relaxed and carefree. Outdoor events, BBQ's, water and beach fun are enjoyed by many. Dagger takes such delight in the summer months too. Although he doesn't like to jump into the pool or enter the ocean, he does love watching the waves roll in on the beach shore and hang out at the pool in our back yard. As much fun as the summer months can be, there are ways with which our dogs can get into trouble if we aren't aware of the many dangers that come with these hot sunny days.
Dogs are extremely prone to overheating in the summer months.
As responsible dog owners, we must be their advocates and watch for the signs of a dog that is overheated. If you see your dog panting and lethargic, it's time to take him/her into an air conditioned environment and apply cool cloths to his or her head and body. We must be mindful of their well-being in the heat. Besides overheating, their paws can burn on the hot pavement leaving them in pain and discomfort. They can also become dehydrated. Just like us, they need water at all times. Without a voice, as their best friends, we must watch for these signs. For your convenience, listed below are some tips that we can all follow no matter where we live in the world to show our love to our fur babies...
To avoid these problems and enjoy the summer season with your pet, here're the tips to keep in mind.
What is good for dogs in summer?
Yogurt mix: Unsweetened yogurt mixed with fruits can also make a great snack. Try mixing yogurt with strawberries and watermelon (without seeds) and serve them frozen to your canine child. This mixture is a good source of anti-oxidants. Banana-Peanut buster mix: Mash banana and mix with all natural peanut butter.*
Make sure your dog is ready to enjoy the warm weather by taking action on these seven summer pet care tips.
I would also add that many items served at BBQ's are not suitable for dogs to consume. Sometimes people who attend our backyard parties may not be aware that your dog can't eat certain things. Without you even knowing they may innocently think that they can "just give them a little." While they mean well, they may cause your dog to get sick and end up at the emergency veterinarian. You have to let your guests know that your dog only takes treats and food from you and your family members ONLY. And PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A HOT CAR!!!!!
If you have any other suggestions and tips, please post them below.
Most importantly, enjoy and be safe!
Happy tales to you!
*Taken from : tips for dog owners for the summer months
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written by Yvonne Dagger